So, you are considering committing to a tattoo. You definitely want to choose from a selection of cool tattoos. These could include rose tattoos, anchor tattoos, and a variety of other old-school designs. What if you wanted to go really old school, however, by incorporating works from classic art into your tattoo design? Artwork can be incorporated into sleeve tattoos, best friend tattoos and a variety of other options. Plus, everyone will be wondering where you got the idea for your cool tattoos! Today, we look at some of the best tattoo designs that look like they belong in an art museum.
5 Cool Tattoos That Belong in a Museum
1. “Job“ by Alphonse Mucha. This Czech artist is best known for his production of advertisements, postcards and other illustrations. In some ways, Mucha could be considered the father of modern graphic design. This particular illustration comes from an advertisement for Job cigarettes, a company that was popular during the 1800s and early 1900s. This classic tattoo could definitely be considered among the cool tattoos.
2. “Untitled Cat“ by Louis Wain. This is not your standard cat or animal tattoo; in fact, Louis Wain is best known for his fractal-like depictions of cats, even though he also had a short stint illustrating children‘s books. His work is featured on a variety of postcards and other period pieces from the late 1800s. This is a crazy work of art that would require a large surface, but it would set you apart from the crowd. Wain‘s artwork would also be perfect for sleeve tattoos.
3. A Kara Walker silhouette. Walker is currently being featured in a show at the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the most prolific African American artists of our time, Walker has been the recipient of the MacArthur foundation‘s “genius“ grant, having also landed a spot on Time magazine‘s 100 most influential people in the world. Who else could compare?
4. Anything by Roy Lichtenstein. This artist virtually created the pop art trend through his sensational, bright depictions of everyday events. If you are considering Lichtenstein for one of your cool tattoos, you probably love comic books and Andy Warhol. You might never be able to own a Lichtenstein lithograph, but you can pick out a great tattoo to honor this fabulous artist.
5. Work inspired by Sailor Jerry. Norman “Sailor Jerry“ Collins did not just lend his namesake to a popular brand of rum; in fact, this man was the forefather of the old-school tattoo movement. In other words, he created the classic anchor tattoos and other images that we now celebrate throughout tattoo culture. From nautical star tattoos to heart tattoos and a variety of other classics, those sporting old-school ink probably have Sailor Jerry to thank. Any and all of his artistic designs belong in a museum by our estimation.
Even if you cannot afford to purchase a high-end work of art, you can now afford to have one emblazoned on your skin. Consider an art tattoo when designing your next ink project.